Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I made this pumpkins for my new Korean friends in honor of Halloween. I also noticed that I have yet to put a tutorial on my blog or website. So here is the first of many to come, enjoy!

Halloween Guy
By Becky Meverden

Polymer clay: orange, white, black, brown and green
Round toothpick
Small paintbrush
Plastic straw, optional
Circle template, optional for measuring ball sizes

1. Condition clay according to manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Pumpkin: Roll a 7/8” orange ball. Use a toothpick to indent lines around the entire ball. Stem: Use the blunt end of a paintbrush to make a hole in the top of the pumpkin. Roll a ¼” brown ball into a teardrop. Press the widest end of the teardrop against a flat surface to flatten. Use a toothpick to indent lines randomly around and on top of the stem. Press stem into the hole. Leaves: Flatten two 5/32” green balls into teardrops. Indent veins onto each leaf and press leaves onto both sides of the stem. Vine: Roll a 1/8” green ball into a 1/16” diameter log. Use your fingers to coil and press onto pumpkin.

3. Eyes: Flatten two 5/32” white balls into teardrops. Press the narrowest ends together slightly and press onto the pumpkin. Pupils: Roll two 1/16” black balls and press onto each eye. Nose: Roll a 5/32” orange ball into an oval and press onto the head below the eyes. Eyebrows: Use a toothpick to indent. Mouth: Press half of a straw end just under the nose and remove. It leaves a great smile. A toothpick can also be used to indent the mouth. Use a stylus (or toothpick) to indent both ends of the smile.

4. Bake in a preheated 265 degree oven for 30 minutes.


Helena said...

Those are so cute! I love their crossed eyes and the twisty vines. Very cool!

Becky said...

Thanks Helena! I hadn't had my clay out in quite some time. They were so much fun and my friends loved them.

Amy said...

HI Becky,
Love the little pumpkins. Would you mind if I added your link to my blogspot?
My name is Amy and I'm a clayer from Canada.

Becky said...

Yes Amy! I would love to be linked to your blog.

Trish - PolyClayPlay.com said...

I hope it is ok...I have added a link on my blog also! Your adventures are facinating to read about.
Thanks for sharing!!
Happy Poly Clay Playing,

CreekHiker said...

Becky, Great tut! I LOVE the pumpkins! You should drop some off at that school downstairs.

ronp317 said...


I've been meaning to post a comment for a while; I learned about your site from Donna Kato's site. I've been a fan for a while - thanks to your appearances on Carol Duvall. I enjoy your blog and learning about your experiences in Korea - very interesting stuff! Love the pumpkins - they're adorable. I've added your blog to the Links page on my website.


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